Election Information - Presidential Primary, March 3rd

amesbury election informationThe next election in Amesbury is the Presidential Primary.

Election Date: Tuesday, March 3rd
Polling Hours: 7AM – 8PM
Polling Location: Amesbury High School, 5 Highland Street


Voter Registration
To be able to vote in the Presidential Primary on March 3rd, voters must register in advance. In-person registration can be done at City Hall, and must be done by 8PM on Wednesday, February 12th. Online registration can be done through the Secretary of State’s website, and must be completed by 11:59PM on Wednesday, February 12th.

If you’re unsure about your voter registration status, you can check your status here.

Though you must be 18 years old in order to vote, you may pre-register to vote once you are 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may submit a voter registration form to your local election official, who will then place your name on the list of pre-registrants. Pre-registrants will automatically be enrolled as voters when they turn 18.

Voting Districts
If you’re unsure which district you are in, you can check the alphabetical street list with districts here.

Presidential Primary Ballots
There are four ballots for the Presidential Primary; Republican, Democratic, Green-Rainbow and Libertarian. If you are registered with a specific party, you will receive the appropriate ballot. If you are unenrolled, you get to choose your ballot. Choosing a particular ballot will not change your unenrolled status.

Republican Sample Ballot
Democratic Sample Ballot
Green-Rainbow Sample Ballot
Libertarian Sample Ballot

All ballots include a section for the Town Committee. These are Amesbury voters who are representing a political party on a local level and are affiliated with a state political committee.  

Ballot Testing
The public is welcome to come and view ballot testing for the Presidential Primary on Thursday, February 20th at 9AM at City Hall.

Absentee Ballots
A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to: (1) absence from the voter’s city or town during normal polling hours; or (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief can apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed.

For the March 3rd Presidential Primary, absentee ballots may be requested until 12PM on Monday, March 2nd.  

Applications for absentee ballots may be submitted in person, by mail, fax, or by e-mail. Absentee ballots must be requested by the voter or the voter’s family member. The application for the absentee ballot must be signed by the voter. Please click here for an absentee ballot application.

The absentee ballot must be returned to the City Clerk's Office by 8PM on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Click here for information on voting if you are in the military or an overseas U.S. citizen.

Early Voting
Any registered voter may vote early in the Presidential Primary in the City Hall Auditorium on the following days:

Monday, February 24, 8AM – 4PM
Tuesday, February 25, 8AM – 4PM
Wednesday, February 26, 8AM – 4PM
Thursday, February 27, 8AM – 7PM
Friday, February 28, 8AM – Noon

Poll Location Accessibility
Amesbury’s polling place is Amesbury High School, 5 Highland Street. Voting for the Presidential Primary will take place in the cafeteria. Handicapped parking is available in the parking spots closest to the cafeteria entrance. Those needing an accessible entrance for wheelchairs, strollers, etc will be directed to enter the high school via the ramp to the right of the cafeteria and directed down the hallway to the cafeteria.

Voter Accessibility
For voters who are visually impaired or who have trouble holding a pen / filling in a ballot, there is an AutoMARK machine available for use. The AutoMARK is able to read the ballot to a voter through headphones, magnify the ballot text, and mark the ballot for those who need it. Any voter may use the AutoMARK machine. All voters will check in at their district tables upon arrival, and let the poll worker know that you would like to use the AutoMARK to vote and you will be directed to the machine.

We also have handheld magnifiers and lights available at each district check-in table.

Amesbury Council on Aging Free Shuttleacoa voting shuttle flyer
The ACOA will be offering a shuttle for those over the age of 60, or those under the age of 60 who are disabled to the polls to vote in the Presidential Primary. The shuttle will stop at the Senior Community Center, Powow Villa, Amesbury High School (polling location) and Heritage Towers. If you have questions about the shuttle, please call (978) 388-8138.

Have You Moved?
You must update your voter registration every time you move, even within the same city. If you have moved, you can update your registration by filling out a new voter registration form and returning it to the City Clerk's Office or by making the change online.

For more information, you can also visit the Massachusetts Elections Division website. If you have questions about elections or voter eligibility, please call the City Clerk's Office at (978) 388-8100. For election results and other news from the City Clerk's Office, click here.